As we entered school today, the halls were dark, bats were handing from the ceiling, and Mrs. Lucas's room and been transformed into a bat cave!
We are so ready to go into the cave!
For Bat Day, we rotated to every first grade classroom to do different activities with bats and to extend our knowledge of these awesome mammals. In Mrs. Wanke's room, we learned about what Microbats, Megabats, and Vampire bats eat. We discussed how scientists can learn about what animals eat by examining droppings or by dissecting owl pellets.
So, Mrs. Wanke had us look thought this would work with bat guano! We had to see what was in their guano to determine what bat left the mess. If we found bones in the guano, we knew it was a Microbat, because Microbats each insects, other bats, reptiles, rodents, and fish.
If there was seeds in the guano, we knew it was a Megabat, because Megabats eat fruit or nectar from flowers.
If there were clumps of blood, we knew that it was a Vampire bat because Vampire bats lick up blood from small cuts they make in the animal. They DO NOT suck the blood of animals or people.
We each got our own cup of bat guano to investigate.
Okay...we will let you in on a little secret....it wasn't really bat guano. It was actually pudding.
Ask your child what they learned in the other classrooms and their favorite part of the day.